Sixty years after Turin hosted the inaugural Summer Universiade, Italy will once again showcase the world’s best university student-athletes as Naples stages the 30th Summer Universiade, sometimes known as the ‘World University Games’.
Over 8,000 participants (including coaches and officials) are expected in total at the Games, which officially runs from 3-14 July although there are early qualification rounds on the 2nd.
Many of the student-athletes will be looking to kick-start their athletic careers with a view to Tokyo 2020, but some are already Olympic and World Championship medallists in their own right.
Host, Italy have the biggest delegation in Naples. Traditional powerhouses like Japan, Russia, and USA are also among the five largest teams in southern Italy. At the other extreme, Monaco is sending just one athlete to the Games.
Saudi Arabia is sending female student-athletes to a Universiade for the first time, while Kosovo is making its Universiade debut.
Nearly 4,000 athletes and officials will be housed on board two cruise ships moored in the port of Naples. The ships have been converted for use as the Athletes’ Village, with everything from gyms to running tracks provided on board.